The British Rally Championship have announced a new deal that sees Pirelli continue as its sole tyre provider for a further two years.
Pirelli have been the control tyre for the series since 2007, with the previous agreement set to end at the conclusion of the 2012 season. The new deal however will see Pirelli continue to provider tyres until the end of 2014.
As part of its commitment to the series, Pirelli also runs its young driver shootout, giving one young driver each year a fully paid season in the series. This years recipient is Jukka Korhonen, who will contest the BRC in a Pirelli-backed Skoda Fabia R2.
Pirelli's Motorsport Manager Carl Naylor said: “Each of the six rallies have different surfaces and challenges that place a whole range of demands upon the tyre. This not only enables the drivers to learn a range of driving skills and techniques, but means that they have to learn tyre control and strategy; an important part of being a world-class rally driver.
“We have provided the Pirelli Scorpion K6 gravel tyre and K4 tarmac tyre to the series for a number of years now and drivers have found them to be extremely durable and reliable while offering them the grip required of these demanding rally stages. We're really pleased to be able to commit to the BRC for a further two years and believe that with all the changes being made this year, it's going to be a very exciting series to be involved in. This deal also takes in the Pirelli Star Driver programme for 2013 and 2014.”
BRC Championship Manager Mark Taylor added: “In this current global environment, it’s fantastic that we have secured this three year deal with Pirelli which also includes the coveted Star Driver competition. This agreement is a real testament, it shows Pirelli has confidence in the future direction of the Championship and we are delighted to extend our partnership which is now in its eleventh year.”